In the last decade, the number of Jews living in East Jerusalem has remained static at 200,000. By contrast, the number of Palestinians has risen by 69,000 to almost 350,000, making them some 40 percent of the city’s population. A decade ago, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Giora Eiland warned Sharon, “There is great significance as to when we reach a permanent arrangement. It’s preferable that we don’t reach a situation where we go to a permanent arrangement when half the capital’s residents are Palestinians.”

That warning is about to be realized. Members of Netanyahu’s government did not make do with building in Jewish neighborhoods, but also sought changes on the Temple Mount. One privately commissioned report last year stated, “The confrontations are occurring on the backdrop of gradual but significant changes that were made to the Muslims’ entrance arrangement to the Temple Mount. The regular ascendance by Jews … a large portion of them activists who go up to the Mount a number of times with various groups … This increase in numbers is accompanied by the presence of… FULL REPORT